For good measure, the troll article quoted Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as saying, "A woman's place is in the home, in the kitchen," showcasing the website's remarkable dedication to laziness even when it comes to imaginary sexism. As anyone who's visited the Internet might predict, the response was swift and profane.
@reedhastings you misogynistic asshole i cant fucking believe you would even do that
— clau (@ughhniam) July 12, 2014
— Gilavel (@GilMaignan) July 12, 2014
— JΔKΣ (@ThatGuyFromWI) July 12, 2014
@reedhastings . How could a women's story in jail not be all about women. First you took away king of the hill and now this. I don't like u
— andrew thomason (@Andrew_Thomason) July 14, 2014
The story gained even greater traction on Saturday after R&B singer Jasmine V shared the story with her 1,670,000 followers, finally prompting an official comment on the "satire" article:
Orange Is The New Black has NOT been canceled. Whoever started this rumor will be spending some time in the SHU. pic.twitter.com/tslCdjBkht
— Orange Is the New... (@OITNB) July 12, 2014
Despite this (and the show's repeated assurances to fans that "we'd never leave you, girl"), the viral hoax showed few signs of slowing down Monday night. By Tuesday morning the Empire News article had more than 600,000 shares.
[Image via Netflix]